The Obit For Buddy Hebert

W.B. "Buddy" Hebert

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on March 18, 2012

Hebert W.B. Buddy Hebert Buddy Hebert, 86, of Bevil Oaks, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

He was born December 14, 1925, in Pineville, Louisiana, to Walter and Chloe Hebert, and later moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana, and then Port Arthur.

At the age of ten, the family moved to the South Park area of Beaumont. He attended South Park High School, graduating in 1943, where he was a member of the baseball and tennis team, winning District in tennis his senior year.

After graduation, Buddy enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II, and he was assigned to the Carrier Air Craft Services #53 in California. During his time on the base at El Centro, California, Buddy was in charge of sports activities for the Navy and Marine Servicemen. He was honorably discharged in October, 1946.

Baseball was his passion, and upon his discharge from the service, he tried out for the New York Yankees baseball team, and played in their minor leagues, playing with teams in Lufkin, Alexandria City, Alabama, and Alexandria, Louisiana.

Buddy returned to Beaumont in 1948 and went to work for the Pure Oil Refinery, which later became Unocal of California, and married Jane, his wife of sixty-three plus years. During his early years with Pure Oil and Unocal, Buddy played on their softball and basketball teams and bowled with the group. He also served on the Smith Bluff Credit Union Board and Sons Day Committee. He played baseball with the South Park Bears, a semi-pro baseball team for four years, playing teams in Texas and Louisiana.

Volunteering has been an automatic part of Buddy's life, and he was active with many junior activities. He was a Cub Scout Master and Bingman Elementary, Assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts, coached Little League, Pony League, and Colt League Baseball teams; an active member with the PTA, where he received a life membership; and the South Park Booster Club. He was also a little league umpire for many years and was a member of the YMBL for five years, with a special interest in the Special Olympics sponsored by the YMBL.

In his younger years, Buddy was an avid water skier, helping to form the First Neches Ski Club in 1954, and he served as its president for many years. He was active with his ski club in performing ski shows throughout Texas and Louisiana. Later he became active in the ski tournament phase of water skiing participating in ski tournaments throughout Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma, and skied in three national ski tournaments. He often announced at the Ski Tournaments and was awarded the nickname The Old Pro, a name which he still carries. His water skiing days brought him many trophies, and he was presented with an award for Top Announcer. In 1991, Buddy helped to form the South Park Neighborhood Association.

In 1994, he worked with Captain Joe Crutchfield of the Beaumont Police to form the Citizens on Patrol, where he actively patrolled the South Park area. For three years Buddy served as a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee and was selected to serve on a Chamber of Commerce Committee to nominate Beaumont as an All American City. In 1997, Buddy was recognized by the 100 Club for his participation in the Citizens on Patrol, and he was also the recipient of the J.C. Penny Golden Rule Award. He also received several awards from the Beaumont Police Department for his work with the city and the Citizens on Patrol.

Buddy was awarded the Star Volunteer and recognized as a Hometown Hero by Channel 6. Buddy and Jane moved to Bevil Oaks in 1998, where they became very active and enjoying their new community.

For years Buddy and Jane enjoyed playing golf, working in their garden, and fishing. Buddy enjoyed working in his shop and relaxing with all types of music. He learned early in life that there were no free rides, and he always gave 100% in everything he did. He tried to live by the Prayer of Serenity- God Grant me the power to change the things that I can-Accept the things that I cannot change, and Wisdom to know the difference.

Loved ones left behind to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Jane; his son and best friend, Bud and his wife, Clare; granddaughter and apple of his eye, Samantha of Plano; his niece, Donna Poole Fowler and her family of Virginia; his nephew, Don Poole and his family of Lumberton; his sister-in-law, Billie Sue Eshliman of China; brothers-in-law, Charles Miller and his wife, Kaye of Vidor, and Warren Miller and his wife, Lynda of Sugarland; many nieces and nephews; his special friend, Reverend James Blackwell; and many other friends.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved sister, Oneida Poole.

A gathering of his family and friends will be at 2:00 p.m., with his funeral service to follow at 3:00 p.m., Monday, March 19, 2012, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to South Park Baptist Church, 795 Woodrow, Beaumont, Texas 77705.